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Avalanche Sports New coach in it for the long haul? Adrian girls knock off Jordan Valley Trojans boys tune up for district tourney COMMENTAR , 10-11B WEDNESDA , FEBRUARY 7, 2007 CLASSIFIEDS, 14-15B.

Homedale football’s new hire — two-time Oregon champ — says he’ll stick around

Rob Kassebaum’s desire for a change of scenery may have put some bright moments on the horizon for Homedale High School football.

The 35-year-old Kassebaum, who won back-to-back Oregon state championships at Nyssa, has been hired to succeed Thomas Thomas as the Trojans’ next coach.

“I think Rob is a great hire who

is very detailed and organized and brings a winning tradition to Homedale,” high school principal Mike Williams said.

Kassebaum was approved by the Homedale School District Board of Trustees during a special meeting Thursday.

“He has a proven record of success and has demonstrated throughout his career the ability to develop, motivate and get the

best possible performance out of young people,” Homedale schools superintendent Tim Rosandick said.

“Preparation, discipline and the team concept have been the hallmarks of his teams.”

Kassebaum, who is married and has four children under the age of 10, said his desire to

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‘My wife (Michelle) and I chose Homedale because it’s a size town I’m used to coach- ing and teaching in. I see it as a potential long-term place.’

  • Rob Kassebaum

New Homedale football coach

Marsing boys face crucial week

Huskies new two wins to regain first-place edge

Marsing High School’s reign as sole leader in the 2A Western Idaho Conference boys basketball standings lasted all of one game.

The Huskies’ (15-3 overall, 7- 1 2A WIC) one-game lead over New Plymouth went up in flames Jan. 30 as red-hot Melba sprinted to a 62-51 victory in Marsing.

“Melba was on fire and couldn’t miss a shot,” Marsing first-year coach Jake Walgamott said. “I think our lack of team defense contributed to their success, but they played better than us.”

The Mustangs shot 70 percent in the second half (12-for-17) to build on a 29-26 halftime lead. Marsing scored just eight points in the second quarter to lose the advantage.

The Huskies rebounded Friday to dominate Nampa Christian, 63-50, in Nampa and set up a crucial week.

Marsing plays its final home game of the year tonight against Cole Valley Christian before taking on conference co-leader New Plymouth on the road Friday. More than likely the winner of Friday’s regular-season finale will earn the top seed into the 2A District III Tournament, which begins Tuesday at Vallivue High School in Caldwell.

In order to reclaim sole possession of the league lead, the Huskies will have to lean on more than just senior Shea McClellin.

The 6-foot-4 wing scored a season-high 36 points in the loss to Melba. Unfortunately for the Huskies’ hopes of hanging on to the top spot, no other Marsing player came close to that output.

“It seemed like nobody else on the floor wanted the ball,”

Melba boxes Huskies out of league lead

Marsing High School boys basketball player Aaron Salvas is surrounded by a swarming Melba defense

during Wednesday’s loss at home

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Walgamott said.

“Shea would try to pass it up, and it would get fumbled or tipped

away.

The Huskies committed 17 turnovers. The Mustangs turned the ball over more (22), but won

the battle of the boards.

McClellin took 32 shots against the Mustangs, canning 14 of the

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nine rebounds and six steals. “He tried to take the game in his hands, but basketball is a team

game and one guy cannot win,” Walgamott said.

Melba put four players in double digits, including 16 from West Harris who led a 7-for-10 team

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McClellin’s signing will draw a crowd

It’s not every day that at Mars- ing High School football play- er signs with a Division I col- lege football team, so it’s Terry McClellin’s goal to make her grandson’s signing with Boise State University a community event.

Shea Mc- Clellin, the 6-foot-4 se- nior who led the Huskies

Shea McClellin to a rare 2A

state playoff appearance in the fall, will sign his national letter of intent tonight in front of a crowd packed into the Marsing gymna- sium to watch Shea and his team- mates take on Cole Valley Chris- tian in a 2A Western Idaho Con- ference boys basketball game.

“We’re doing it at the game so everybody from Marsing can see him do it,” Terry McClellin said.

Tonight’s game marks Senior Night, too.

Tipoff is expected some time after 7 p.m., following two junior varsity games.

Terry said that her husband, Jer- ry, Shea’s mother, Laura, and other family members are expected to be on hand for the event.

Shea McClellin gave his verbal commitment to the Broncos of the Western Athletic Conference dur- ing the prep football season last year. He is projected to play de- fensive end for BSU coach Chris Petersen.

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